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Pool offers open swims and New Year’s Resolutions Special

It’s almost the New Year and that means it’s time to make those resolutions to get fit. The easiest way to accomplish that? Come to the Hood River Aquatic Center, where for the whole month of December you can get 10 percent off of all annual passes.

For working out or having fun with the family, the Hood River Aquatic Center is the place to be. The Aquatic Center is now open on Sundays from 1-5 p.m., so stop by any day of the week.

Call the Aquatic Center at 541-386-1303 or visit for further details.

Hood River Dermatology now offers ‘Melafind’

Dr. Luke Sloan’s dermatology office now offers a new level of technology which assists in the detection of early melanoma.

The FDA has given approval for the use of a medical device called Melafind. Hood River Dermatology is the first clinic in the Pacific Northwest to incorporate this into their practice.

For more information call 541-386-2517 or visit

Community Edoffers health classes

The following are just a few of the many classes available during December through Community Education; register by calling 541-386-2055 or visiting

Dec. 4 and 11 — Diabetes Self-Management, 1-3 p.m. at the Providence Medical Group Building, 1151 May St., Hood River. Taught by Kelly Chambers and Jennifer Price.

Dec. 6 and 8 — Heartsaver CPR, AED and First Aid, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hood River Fire and EMS station, 1785 Meyer Parkway, Hood River. Taught by Will Atkinson.

Dec. 6 — Yoga for MS, noon to 1 p.m. at Synergy Studio, 1120 Pine St., Hood River. Taught by Meg Becker.

Dec. 10 — “Foster Parenting: Is it Right for You?”, 6-7 p.m. at The Next Door Inc., 965 Tucker Road, Hood River. Taught by Heidi Venture.

Tai Chi at Mt. Hood Town Hall

A special tai chi class designed for fall prevention meets Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. at Mount Hood Town Hall. Seniors and disabled citizens are welcome free of charge. Donations are accepted.

For more info contact Joanne Ehl, Upper Valley Community Advocates, 541-352-7363.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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